Well, the last ‘double-digit’ long-run is in the books... and after 4 months of training,
you’re ready to run and complete the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Your BODY knows that.
And if you're honest with yourself, your HEART knows that as well.
But at this point in the journey, your HEAD may not yet have caught up—and to that point, permit me to paraphrase a famous quote from baseball legend (and ‘every man’ philosopher) Yogi Berra: "Running a marathon is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
And on October 10th, that is EXACTLY the truth.
If a marathon runner's ‘Rule #1’ is "Listen to your body"... then it's now time for my 'Rule #2': "Listen to your heart."
You are ready.
One year, as I was standing at the "START" of the Chicago Marathon, I overheard
a conversation between a 'first time' marathoner and a marathon 'veteran.'
The first timer was doubting himself, saying how nervous he was and how worried he was that he wouldn't be able to finish the 26.2 miles.
The veteran paused for a moment and simply asked, "Did you do the work?"
The first timer said, "I’ve trained for more than 4 months, if that's what you mean."
To which the veteran replied, "Then what are you worried about? Go out there and have the time of your life..."
And that sentiment is exactly my wish for each of you as well—on October 10th, go out there and have the time of your life!
Train safe. Run strong.